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Throughout its modern history, Russia has seen a succession of highly performative social acts that play out prominently in the public sphere. This innovative volume brings the fields of performance studies and Russian studies into dialog for the first time and shows that performance is a vital means for understanding Russia's culture from the reign of Peter the Great to the era of Putin. These twenty-seven essays encompass a diverse range of topics, from dance and classical music to live poetry and from viral video to public jubilees and political protest. As a whole they comprise an integrated, compelling intervention in Russian studies.

Challenging the primacy of the written word in this field, the volume fosters a larger intellectual community informed by theories and practices of performance from anthropology, art history, dance studies, film studies, cultural and social history, literary studies, musicology, political science, theater studies, and sociology.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Foreword: Performing Russia
  2. W.B. Worthen
  3. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Introduction: Thinking through Performance in Modern Russian Culture
  2. Julie A. Buckler, Julie A. Cassiday, Boris Wolfson
  3. pp. 3-20
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  1. Predstavlenie: Representation and Cultural Imagination
  2. pp. 21-23
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  1. Aleksei Venetsianov and the Theatricality of Russian Painting
  2. Molly Brunson
  3. pp. 24-32
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  1. Performing Obligation
  2. John Randolph
  3. pp. 33-41
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  1. The Album as Performance: Notes on the Limits of the Visible
  2. Oksana Sarkisova, Olga Shevchenko
  3. pp. 42-53
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  1. Performative Objects: How Things Do Things without Words
  2. Serguei Alex. Oushakine
  3. pp. 54-63
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  1. Performing Russian Success? The 1770 Exhibition at the Imperial Academy of Arts
  2. Rosalind P. Blakesley
  3. pp. 64-73
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  1. The Silver Wreath: Jubilees in Russian Public Life, 1880–1910s
  2. Anna Muza
  3. pp. 74-81
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  1. Pencil Marks on a Field: Form and Support in Late Soviet Participatory Performance by Collective Actions
  2. Yelena Kalinsky
  3. pp. 82-91
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  1. Dancing the National Idea: Reception and Appropriation of Lezginka in Russia
  2. Tatiana Smorodinska
  3. pp. 92-101
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  1. Neo-Judaic Performance and "Russian" Identity in the Jewish Autonomous Region
  2. S.I. Salamensky
  3. pp. 102-110
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  1. Vystuplenie: Performers and Interventions
  2. pp. 111-113
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  1. Live Poetry: Doubled Performances on OpenSpace
  2. Stephanie Sandler
  3. pp. 114-122
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  1. From Text to Act: Tchaikovsky's Songs as Embodied Emotion
  2. Philip Ross Bullock
  3. pp. 123-130
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  1. Playing the Public: Karamzin, Rostopchin, and S. Glinka, 1802–1808
  2. Bella Grigoryan
  3. pp. 131-138
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  1. Borders Unpatrolled: Imaginary Geographies and the Spaces of Performance in Russian Viral Video
  2. Eliot Borenstein
  3. pp. 139-147
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  1. Vystuplenie i nakazanie: Performing Political Protest in Putin's Russia (Voina, Pussy Riot, Pavlensky)
  2. Lilya Kaganovsky
  3. pp. 148-155
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  1. Architectonic Supersagas: Tatlin Stages Khlebnikov's Zangezi
  2. Michael Kunichika
  3. pp. 156-164
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  1. Arousing Patriotism: Anna Chapman and the Curious Case of the Sexy Spy
  2. Julie Hemment
  3. pp. 165-174
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  1. The Performative According to Prigov
  2. Mark Lipovetsky, Ilya Kukulin
  3. pp. 175-185
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  1. Performing Commodities: The Fabergé Imperial Eggs
  2. Julie A. Buckler
  3. pp. 186-196
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  1. Ispolnenie: Action and Agency
  2. pp. 197-199
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  1. How Brezhnev Era Animated Films Queered Stagnation
  2. Anna Fishzon
  3. pp. 200-208
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  1. Voice as a Performative Phenomenon in Early Soviet Sound Films
  2. Oksana Bulgakowa
  3. pp. 209-217
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  1. The Case of The Dying Swan: The Performative Evolution of a Dance
  2. Daria Khitrova
  3. pp. 218-226
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  1. The Actor's Task as a Philosophical Quest in the Russian 1920s: Two Case Studies
  2. Caryl Emerson
  3. pp. 227-234
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  1. Text and Antitext: Dividing the Labors of Performance
  2. Alaina Lemon
  3. pp. 235-243
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  1. The Object as Prosthesis and Performer in Russian New Drama
  2. Susanna Weygandt
  3. pp. 244-251
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  1. Performing Family Unity: Holiday Celebrations in the Labor Camp Correspondence of Arsenii Formakov
  2. Emily D. Johnson
  3. pp. 252-261
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  1. The Performative Stakes of the Tchaikovsky Music Competition
  2. Boris Wolfson
  3. pp. 262-271
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  1. Glamazons en travesti: Drag Queens in Putin's Russia
  2. Julie A. Cassiday
  3. pp. 272-282
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  1. References
  2. pp. 283-312
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 313-318
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 319-338
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